Official confirmation from Marvel:

Benedict Cumberbatch has entered the world of the mystic arts.

The actor will star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

Cumberbatch rose to international prominence with his critically acclaimed turn as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creation in “Sherlock,” currently preparing its fourth season. The series’ most recent season earned Cumberbatch the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2014, after winning the BAFTA/LA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year in 2013.

Cumberbatch most recently starred in “The Imitation Game,” playing famed mathematician and logician Alan Turing, and will soon be seen in “The Hobbit: The Army of the Five Armies” as Smaug and the Necromancer. For the role of Smaug, Cumberbatch stepped into the world of motion capture to bring the dragon to life. He will next be seen in Scott Cooper’s film “Black Mass,” the story of Whitey Bulger coming to theaters next September, where he stars opposite Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton.

The star’s other credits include the Academy Award-winning “12 Years a Slave,” “War Horse,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “August: Osage County,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “The Fifth Estate,” and “Parade’s End.” Benedict will be returning to the stage this summer in Hamlet at the Barbican with Lyndsey Turner directing. His last stage performance in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein opposite Jonny Lee Miller awarded him the Olivier.

With “Doctor Strange,” Cumberbatch is just the latest actor to join the bold Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, introducing new heroes and continuing the adventures of fan favorites across multiple films. [x]

enough with all the hate

  • do your research. dr strange is a white american man. marvel didn’t change that AND THAT’S OKAY IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD
  • you hate benedict cumberbatch and 70% of you haven’t even watched his work. he’s a good actor
  • you make fun of his name. like. seriously. grow up already
  • you also make fun of his face. ???????. ???????????. really. wow. you people are unbelievable 
  • they haven’t even started filming it yet and you are sure he’s going to be terrible. nice
  • there’s going to be a black panther movie and a captain marvel movie i repeat dr strange being a white man (as in the original story) isn’t the end
  • wow what happened to the nice people who supported equality i want them back i don’t want people who hate an actor for doing his job (and this ‘oh they didn’t force him to take the role’ well, you don’t exactly say no to marvel)

Considering the relative obscurity of Doctor Strange, the Cumberbacklash (sorry) against this casting news seemed disproportionate. But as it turns out, there are two simple explanations for why it’s happening: Cumberbatch’s ubiquity in geek culture, and the fact that he’s yet another a white guy.

When a celebrity reaches a certain level of fame, it’s inevitable that some people will start seeing them as overrated or overexposed. In the case of Cumberbatch, these accusations of overexposure are because his high-profile roles have mostly been clustered around iconic geek-culture franchises. He’s everywhere. And some people are getting sick of him.

Marvel’s race problem

If Cumberbatch signs on for Doctor Strange, he will be the sixth white male actor to headline a Marvel Studios franchise. That’s out of six franchises altogether: Iron ManCaptain AmericaThorGuardians of the GalaxyAnt-Man, and Doctor Strange…